With all of the bad press swirling around certain types of plastic lately, regular old plastic water bottles have maintained a reputation as safe, at least as far as human health is concerned. New evidence, however, suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all.
Scientists in Germany have found that PET plastics -- the kind used to make water bottles, among many other com ... read more >>
The United Nations on Tuesday will designate Milwaukee as a U.N. Global Compact City, making it one of 13 such cities worldwide, in a move that will help the region promote its image abroad as an international hub of water technology.
The 5-year-old U.N. program obligates member cities to showcase progress on issues that involve human rights, environmentalism, health or labor standards. Milwau ... read more >>
When Sweden's spent nuclear fuel is to be permanently stored, it will be protected by three different barriers. Even if all three barriers are damaged, the nuclear fuel will not dissolve into the groundwater, according to a new doctoral dissertation from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.
By Midsummer it will be announced where Sweden's spent nuclear fuel will be permanently stored. ... read more >>
Many conflicts are caused or inflamed by water scarcity. The conflicts from Chad to Darfur, Sudan, to the Ogaden Desert in Ethiopia, to Somalia and its pirates, and across to Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, lie in a great arc of arid lands where water scarcity is leading to failed crops, dying livestock, extreme poverty, and desperation.
Extremist groups like the Taliban find ample rec ... read more >>
A far-reaching federal order is meant to enhance Dry Creek for coho salmon and steelhead by restricting flows and restoring the stream, but it also has residents worried about a spillover of unintended impacts. ... read more >>
Frustrated by continuing lawsuits and disagreements over water protection in Vermont, the state may find itself giving back to the federal government authority for regulating water pollution.
Such a move would have a major impact on businesses, farmers and homeowners in the state, since it would put the federal Environmental Protection Agency in Boston – not state officials – in charge of issu ... read more >>
Does underground hunt for natural gas put drinking water at risk?
The drilling is supposed to be a boon, bringing jobs and millions of dollars in royalties to cash-strapped homeowners.
But a string of documented cases of gas escaping into drinking water – from Pennsylvania to Colorado — is raising new concerns about the hidden costs of this economic tide and strengthening arguments across ... read more >>
This Op-Ed from Mark Taylor of Columbia University's Department of Religion calls for a radical change in the USA's universities. He uses an example of a water program to indicate how a curriculum might be transformed -- Consider, for example, a Water program. In the coming decades, water will become a more pressing problem than oil, and the quantity, quality and distribution of water will pose s ... read more >>
A rain barrel is an easy, accessible way to get on the water-cherishing bandwagon. Use rainwater for your plants and it will replenish groundwater without a detour through the sewer and sewage plant. New designs make barrels fit more attractively into patios and next to houses: Fiskars (fiskars.com) has a new 58-gallon model just 24 inches deep in a handsome stone-like Salsa finish ($189.99). Aqu ... read more >>
On the banks of the Saigon River in Vietnam, researchers have just completed tests on a new way to combat water pollution that could save millions of lives in coastal cities throughout the developing world.
In factories on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Stephan Kohler of the Graz University of Technology in Austria and a team of researchers have cleansed water tainted with toxic metals lik ... read more >>